Hutson Mason and Nick Chubb are ready for the limelight

The Georgia Bulldogs go on the road to face Missouri in an important SEC East. It's likely that Todd Gurley is out for the season

The Georgia Bulldogs (4-2,2-1) will be without Todd Gurley for the foreseeable future.  Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the strong stable of running backs has whittled down to one.  Nick Chubb is one of the heralded freshmen running backs on the Georgia roster, and he is now the main guy for their trip to Missouri (4-1,1-0).  

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Missouri Tigers

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.

Before the Gurley saga, this was the biggest game of the season, and already looked like a game that would help shape the conference title contenders. Depending on how long Gurley is out of commission, this may just become a nice SEC East contest with no true ramifications.  

While many believe that Georgia’s season is lost without Todd Gurley in the lineup, it remains to be seen how the Bulldogs will truly recover. Nick Chubb has been no slouch when he’s received his opportunity to carry the rock.  On 31 carries, Chubb has averaged 7.2 yards per carry, and recorded two touchdowns on the ground.  

If Hutson Mason ever becomes a leader for the Bulldogs, Saturday should be the day he lets it all come to fruition. Georgia’s pass offense has been putrid in the first five games, only averaging 170 yards.  However, Mason could be more involved in the offense from the beginning.  In addition, Mason knows that he doesn’t have Gurley to rely on.  

Missouri won their only conference game with a thrilling comeback over victory over South Carolina.  Maty Mauk has been successful with 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions, but he hasn’t been the most accurate quarterback in the country.  

Missouri has shown flashes of brilliance, but they’ve also struggled for long stretches on the offensive end. Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy have earned the bulk of the carries for the Tigers. In order for Missouri to stay consistent, they must find running lanes.  

It’s imperative for Georgia’s defense to slow the running game early. The longer that they can hang in, the better it is for Georgia’s offense. The Bulldogs lost their only other game on the road to South Carolina, but as the game went on, Georgia got more and more comfortable. They happened to fall short in the end of a game they should have won. 

Missouri has a chance to knock out one of their competitors out of the division race. Hopefully, Georgia comes with a sense of urgency from the opening kickoff.    


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